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71,000 OPOLICE OFFICERS TO BE DEPLOYED FOR ZIMBABWE’S ELECTIONS MONDAY

HARARE-- The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) will deploy about 71,000 officers for Monday's general election to ensure that they will take place in a peaceful, free, fair, safe and secure environment, says Commissioner-General of Police Godwin Matanga.

The police force has put in place the necessary measures to ensure peace before, during and after the polls, he said here Tuesday. Zimbabweans will choose their next president and members of both houses of Parliament on Monday.

We have already increased police visibility through focused deployments of personnel throughout the country in the build up towards this election and we shall continue to do so on the day of election as well as the period after the election. Furthermore, identified hot spots prone to political violence and other volatile areas are being monitored on a continuous basis," he added.

In fact, let me highlight that all police officers are now ready for deployment and they are fully acquainted with the role of police during the forthcoming harmonized elections as well as their duties and responsibilities, he said.

Matanga said an adequate number of police officers would be deployed at each polling station to maintain law and order and to provide immediate assistance when called upon by the presiding officer.

The ZRP is now ready and fully geared to ensure that the harmonized elections are held in a peaceful, violence free and tranquil environment. We shall deal decisively with all forms of violence and any perpetrator of violence shall be brought to book irrespective of one's station in life, he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK